Spike in car theft a worry: Police

CAR owners are urged to take more care securing their vehicles, and also their homes, to help stem a spike in car thefts.

There has been an 8% increase in car thefts for 2013-14, with 301 so far, compared with 277 for the corresponding period last year.

Acting Detective Inspector Daren Edwards stopped short of suggesting a ring was involved, but added some cars were used in subsequent crimes.

"We do believe some offenders deliberately target vehicles that are then used for other specific offences, such as the recent ram raid at Tewantin," Acting Det Insp Edwards said.

The warning follows a brazen weekend theft in which a thief entered an unlocked unit at Marcoola to steal keys and drove off in a Navara ute with a motorbike strapped on the back.

"The offender then smashed a window on another vehicle to take property. Police later attempted to intercept the Navara but he took off, and in the process the motorbike was lost on to the roadway," Acting Det Insp Edwards said.

The stolen car was abandoned at Mudjimba.

"People are not securing their vehicle keys or even locking their doors at night and are making it easy for offenders," Acting Det Insp Edwards said.

"Also, people continue to leave expensive electrical items, iPads, laptops, cameras, in vehicles.''

While car thefts are up, break and enter offences are down by 300 - a drop of 30%.

"This rise in stolen vehicles is hard to explain,'' Acting Det Insp Edwards said.

"We want people to take more time in securing their vehicles' keys and other property at night.

"We believe the drop in break and enter offences has been due to a combined effort of the community in taking more precaution with their security and continued education by the Crime Prevention Unit and the Property Crime Task Force."

Stats

  •  Car thefts so far for 2013-14: 301.
  •  Car thefts same period 2012-13: 277.
  •  Break and enters down by 300 - 30% drop.
  •  Thefts from vehicles from 994 (same period 2012-13) to 1080 (so far in 2013-14) - 8% increase.

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